October 27, 2021

US seizes Singaporean oil tanker for violating North Korea sanctions

A U.S. federal court determined the tanker illicitly transferred more than $1.5 million worth of oil to a DPRK ship

The U.S. has seized a Singapore-owned oil tanker that engaged in illicit ship-to-ship deliveries of petroleum products to North Korean vessels — a violation of U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

According to a statement released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, a New York federal court issued a judgment of forfeiture and authorized U.S. ownership of the oil tanker M/T Courageous, which Cambodian authorities seized in March 2020 and have held there under a U.S. warrant since the following month.